Home Minister Amit Shah seeks to extend President's rule in Jammu and Kashmir; polls by end of year

Edited By: Riya Gupta WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Jun 28, 2019, 01:02 PM(IST)

Home Minister Amit Shah. Photograph:( ANI )

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Speaking at the Lok Sabha, Shah said, 'In the view of Ramzan and Amarnath Yatra in J&K, preparations are underway to hold Assembly elections by the end of this year.'

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday moved a resolution in the Lok Sabha to extend the President's rule in Jammu and Kashmir for a period of another six months.

Amit Shah further said that to hold fresh Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir later this year, it is essential to extend the rule effective immediate from July 3, 2019.

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Speaking at the Lok Sabha, Shah said, ''In the view of Ramzan and Amarnath Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir, preparations are underway to hold Assembly elections by the end of this year.''

The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly was dissolved in November.

The home minister also moved the J&K Reservation Bill in Lok Sabha and said, ''This bill is not to please anyone but for those living near the International Border."

The bill proposes to give reservation in educational institutions and government jobs to those living within 10 kilometres of the International Border in Jammu on par with people living along the Line of Control in Kashmir.

This is the first proposal Shah has moved in the Lok Sabha after being appointed as the home minister in the second tenure of the Narendra Modi government.

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